Welcome to English Linguistics in the Department of English at Saarland University

The central areas of teaching and research at the Section of English Linguistics are concerned with the correspondences between form and meaning available in natural language. Key questions and issues in our investigations are: How can the systematic nature of English sentences be explained within the cognitive system of human language? In which areas can we identify telling differences and similarities, respectively, compared to earlier stages of the language, to currently spoken varieties of English, and to other languages? What are the subtle regularities of grammatical structures; what are the consequences for our understanding of the still largely underappreciated linguistic system in general? 


News and Events



Remus Gergel, Mohammad Bablli and Maike Puhl to present cross-linguistic work with the title Iteratives driving the wrong way? Limiting unidirectionality from Saarland to Semitic at this year's FoDS6 conference in Cologne. (Sept. 6-7. 2021)"


Students are presenting their empirical work on the Structure of Colloquial English at this term’s Poster Day on July 29, 2021 (virtually).

Our chair has been awarded a DFG-funded project to work on decompositional adverbials („Decomposing decomposition“) which has already started to fund several students. The project began work on July 1, 2021. (Abstract)

Kurt Erbach gave a presentation on June 23, 2021 on the evolution of countability in the history of English.

Dr. Beatrice Santorini, UPenn and Juliane Elter, Mannheim gave invited talks on "Using linguistic corpora to study grammar in situations of variation and change" and "Copies versus Cognates in Contact between closely related Languages", respectively, at this term’s Poster Day in English Linguistics on February 2, 2021.

Prof. Dr. Tonhauser (OSU/Stuttgart) gave a talk on "Which predicates are factive? An empirical investigation" on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 12:15 PM,room 3.15, building A 2.2.

Dr. Manzoni (Trier) gave a talk on "Luxemburgische Intonation im Kontakt mit Deutsch und Französisch" onTuesday, November 19, 2019 at 2.15 PM, room 4.08, building C 5.3.

Dr. Prerna Nadathur (HHU Düsseldorf, PhD Stanford University) gave a talk on "Necessity, Sufficiency and Actuality: Causal Dependency in Implicative Inferences" on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 12.15 PM, room 3.15, building A 2.2.

Summer semester 2019 is coming to a close and we have once more had an instructive mix of faculty and student guest talks including Giuliano Armenante, a PhD student from Tübingen who presented joint work on sequence of tense phenomena in L1 and L2 Englishes in collaboration with Dr. Vera Hohaus, Prof. Britta Stolterfoht and Prof. Rolf Ulrich at the interface of semantics and psycholinguistics, Verena Platzgummer (PhD student in Eurac at Bolzano) presenting on issues of multilingualism, Dr. Conceicao Cunha (LMU Munic) with a methodological talk on issues of intonational annotations, and two Erasmus+ scholars presenting their teaching topics in English linguistics (Prof. Adi Maslo from Mostar and Prof. Vladan Pavlovic from Nis).

Guest Talk - "(Non-)Exhaustivity in Focus Partitioning: A cross-linguistic experimental investigation of exhaustivity in cleft structures" by Prof. Dr. Malte Zimmermann (Universität Potsdam), on Tuesday 29, 2019; 10 AM; bldg. C5.3, room 1.20.

Remus Gergel, Ingo Reich and Augustin Speyer organized a workshop on Particles in German, English and beyond on January 21-22, 2019.  Click here for the workshop website.

Remus Gergel and Jonathan Watkins are editing a volume based on papers from Formal Diachronic Semantics 2: expected in 2019.

Remus Gergel to give invited talks in Mannheim (17.5., English Department), Göttingen (23.-24.11., within the Workshop on "Sentence Grammar/Discourse Grammar"), Graz (November 29, Philosophy Department).

Remus Gergel presented joint work with Sarah Nickles on the adverb almost in Early and Late Modern English at Linguistc Evidence in Tübingen (Feb. 16, 2018) and gave an invited talk on Maximize Presuppositions over Time at the Workshop From Sentence Grammar to Discourse Grammar at the Radboud University Nijmegen (Nov. 4, 2017).

Carola Trips (Universität Mannheim) gave a talk on "Contact-induced change: Copying of argument structure" on January 23rd, 2018, 9 am, in building C 5.3, room 1.20.

Trips' talk was embedded in the linguistics sections' Poster Day which will already start at 9 am on the same day.

Martin Kopf-Giammanco presented work on the semantic reanalysis of noch at FoDS2 2017 and Jonathan Watkins work on verbal complexes at SaRDIS 2017.

Formal Diachronic Semantics 2 Conference  in Saarbrücken from November 20th to 21st, 2017


Remus Gergel presented joint work with Martin Kopf-Giammanco and Julia Masloh at the 12th International Conference on Computational Semantics taking place in Montpellier (France) from September 19th to 22nd, 2017.

Remus Gergel, Martin Kopf-Giammanco and Jonathan Watkins presented work on Annotating Presuppositional Information in Historical Corpora at the 23rd Conference on Historical Linguistics taking place in San Antonio, Texas, from July 31 - Aug. 4, 2017. 

Sigrid Beck (University Tübingen) gave a talk on 'An alternative semantic cycle for universal quantifiers' on July 26th, 2017, noon, in building C 5.3, room 2.06. Title to be announced.

Sabine Arndt-Lappe (University Trier) gave a talk on 'Réspiratory, respíratory, or respirátory - unanalýsable? Variable stresses in English morphophonology' on July 25th, 2017, 11 am, in building C 5.2, room 1.28.

Arndt-Lappe's talk was embedded in the linguistics sections' Poster Day which will already begin at 10h on the same day.

Lukasz Jedrezejowski (University of Cologne) gave a talk on 'On the syntax of "falls"-clauses in German' on July 4th, 2017, 4.15 pm, in building B 3.1, HS I.

Peter Fankhauser (IDS Mannheim) gave a talk on 'Surprisal in Text' on June, 28th, 2017, 12 noon, in buidling C 5.3, room 206.

Ans van Kemenade (Radboud University Nijmengen, Netherlands) gave a talk on 'The distribution of discourse particles in various clause types in Old English' on June 27th, 2017, 4.14 pm, in building B 3.1, HS I.

39th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society in Saarbrücken from March 8th to 10th, 2017

Remus Gergel was invited to lecture at the Geneva doctoral school on modality, January 2017

Remus Gergel gave an invited lecture at the University of York, January 18,2017

Remus Gergel gave a talk entitled "From decompositional elements to presuppositions" as part of the "New Directions@Saarland" FEAST-series at 16 h on Monday, December 12, 2016 in the conference room of building C 7.4 (Universität des Saarlandes).

Guest talk "It-Clefts in English: Syntax, Focus, Exhaustivity" by Jutta Hartmann (IDS Mannheim), 13:00, November 22, 2016

Guest talk "(Pseudo-)Extraction from VP-proforms: The Case of the Comparative Clause"  by Vera Hohaus and Andreas Konietzko (University of Tübingen), 12:00, December 7, 2016

Guest talk "Decomposing disjunction" by Moreno Mitrovic (University of Graz/ Saarland University), October 12, 2016

Remus Gergel gave a talk on Decompositional adverbs atSinFonIJA 9 in Brno, September 16, 2016

Remus Gergel and Martin Kopf-Giammanco presented work on modality and related notions at FoDS1 in Konstanz, September 14, 2016

DGfS Summer School 2016 in Tübingen/Germany from August 15th to 26th, 2016